New York: N.p. Circa 1960. Final Revision Draft script for the 1961 play. Holograph notation in red ink and pencil throughout indicating costume and props. Two carbon typescript pages differing from the bound pages laid in.
Based on the 1957 novel by Kyle Onstott. In the pre-Civil War American South, an African slave is trained to fight other slaves on an antebellum Southern plantation. The play was a disaster, opening on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in New York May 22nd, 1961 and running for a total of eight performances.
A film version was made in 1975 by Richard Fleischer based on both Onstott's novel and this stage version by Kirkland. The film has become something of a psychotronic classic, in that it exploits its historical content in an overtly melodramatic way, and, along with "Showgirls" (1995) was correctly cited by director Quentin Tarantino as as the only two instances "in the last twenty years [that] a major studio made a full-on, gigantic, big-budget exploitation movie." "Mandingo" was followed by a sequel the following year, "Drum," and wound up influencing other films, most notably a gruesome sequence in Tarantino's 2012 film "Django Unchained."
Set in the Maxwell plantation (Falconhurst), near Benson, Alabama, 1832.
Green titled wrappers. Title page present, with credits for Jack Kirkland playwright and novel by Kyle Onstott. 107 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 2-6-57. Mechanically reproduced. Pages about Fine, wrapper Very Good bound with three gold brads.